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Comp plan tabled by commission

Cheney’s Planning Commission has taken the unusual move of tabling approval of the city’s comprehensive plan — the document governing planning decisions over the next 20 years. In doing so, the commission raised the possibility the city could...

Airway Heights wells tainted

During a May 16 press conference, officials from Fairchild Air Force Base and Airway Heights announced that two water wells used by the city tested over 70 parts per trillion for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and/or perfluorooctanoic acid...

West Plains summer road work kicks off

There are several road projects happening on the West Plains over the summer. In Cheney, State Route 904 will be resurfaced with hot mix asphalt through the city from Betz Road to Mullinix Road....

ML hosts well-testing town hall

Fairchild Air Force Base, along with local municipalities and regional regulatory partners have scheduled a town hall meeting on May 23 at the Medical Lake High School auditorium. The meeting is for residents to learn more about the recent well...

Rhythm section

Brodie Millican got to jam on stage with the Kelly Hughes Band during the Friday Night Street Dance at last weekend's Mayfest in downtown Cheney. The event, in its fifth year, had a plethora of...

Congregational corrections

Two statements in last week’s story on the Cheney Congregational Church were worded incorrectly. Pastor David Krueger-Duncan said direction from the national church was congregations should welcome LGBTQ individuals by pointing out the...

Interesting races in early West Plains candidate filings

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The candidate filing period for elected offices in Spokane County is underway, and several races in West Plains cities have garnered challengers. As of press time Tuesday, the largest so far is for mayor in Medical...

Business park project receives mitigated DNS ruling

During its May 10 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission passed a resolution approving a recommendation regarding a State Environmental Protection Act review on a future project. The SEPA review for a binding site plans for the West Plains...

AH council awards road project to DW Excavating

The city of Airway Heights Garfield Road/Sixth Avenue reconstruction project took center stage at the May 15 City Council meeting. Council awarded the bid for the project to DW Excavating, Inc. out...

Cheney council accepts bid for Sutton Park gazebo restoration

A popular feature of Cheney’s parks system will soon be receiving some much needed repair work. The City Council voted 6-0 at its May 9 meeting to approve a $16,985 bid by Steve Moser Construction of Nine Mile Falls to repair the foundation of...

Spring thaw gets the local rail traffic flowing

It's no illusion that more grain trains appear to be circling the Highline terminal at Four Lakes. "The winter has been pretty hard on everybody," Keith Bailey, general manager and CEO of Ag Ventures ...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY May 8 A runaway juvenile was reported on the 1000 block of Third Street. Juvenile returned home. Drug paraphernalia was recovered on the 800 block of Second Street. Tressa M. Schuerger, 38, was arrested for fourth-degree assault/domestic...

Blackhawks' baseball captures District 7 title

The Cheney Blackhawks baseball team will compete in the 2A state tournament for the third time in four years. However, this year they will be doing so with the moniker of District 7 champions. The...

M.L. equestrians qualify for state meet

The Medical Lake High School Equestrian Team qualified all five school athletes and seven co-op athletes for the state meet, May 11-14. “This is no easy feat, and was made harder by the icy cold winter we all endured,” team adviser Margie Adair...

Sports Briefs

Legans names associate head coach With seven years of NCAA Division I basketball experience, Nick Booker has been hired as the associate head coach on the staff of new Eastern Washington University men’s basketball head coach Shantay Legans....

Lady Blackhawks' softball advance to regional crossover

It took a bit of work, but the Cheney High School softball team finally fulfilled a major preseason goal - making it back for a chance to play for a state tournament slot. The Lady Blackhawks got two ...

ML baseball season ends with loss to Colville

One thing is certain in an up and down season for Medical Lake baseball in 2017. The Cardinals outpaced early expectations of a last place finish in the Northeast A League by finishing with an 8-7 record following a 7-1 loss to Colville, May 9, in...

Fillmore, Gerber finish third at 2A district tennis

The Cheney High boys tennis team wrapped up their season after competing in the District 7 tournament, May 13. Four days earlier, the Blackhawks finished the regular season with a 4-3 win against East Valley. At districts, the team of Aaron...

To disqualify or not to disqualify? – that is the question for UFC

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter If a fighter commits a foul — say, an illegal punch, kick or knee — against their opponent, without the intention to do so, should they still be disqualified? The answer is “yes,” according to most fans who...

Jarms ACE Hardware pulls off 2-1 win

Jarms ACE Hardware pulled off a close 2-1 win over the Red White and Blue team on May 12. Zane Armstrong for Jarms pitched the majority of the game while Devin Helsing also pitched for the majority of the game for Red White and Blue. This win puts...

Blackhawk girls capture district title

While the overall team results may differ, the bottom line from last Friday's district competition for the Cheney High track and field teams is a good contingent of athletes is moving on to this...

Cheney Storm U17 soccer wins WPSL title

The Cheney Storm girls U17 (2000 age group) premier team accomplished their biggest feat to date by winning the Washington State Premier League 2nd Division (WSPL 2) league title. The Storm clinched ...

A short lesson in respect meant to last a lifetime

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter In the daily flood of stories that makes headlines these days — be they real, rushed or contrived — one stood out last week. And I can tell you it was not for reasons that may be at all obvious. The appearance by...

Long journey for health insurance leads nowhere

Just what does finding peace in the Middle East and the key to affordable health insurance have in common? Not much other than each seems like an endless quest. The debate over paying for health care, however, predates the modern battle for land...

Disaster relief depends on secure supply chains

By EMILY LORD Contributor A FedEx warehouse might save your life. When hurricanes are approaching, FedEx allows the Red Cross to stock emergency supplies in its warehouses. By pre-positioning these supplies, disaster relief workers drastically...

Cheney selects project management model

Cheney Public Schools’ board of directors voted unanimously at their May 10 meeting to use the general contractor/construction manager (GCCM) form of project management on two facilities scheduled for renovations from voter passage of a $52...

Cheney School staff honored at annual recognition night

Cheney Public Schools held its annual "Employee Recognition Night" at Windsor Elementary School on May 10, recognizing the effort and service of its current and retiring employees. Teachers and...

Eastern Washington releases winter quarter dean's list

The following West Plains residents made Eastern Washington University’s dean’s list for the 2016-17 winter quarter. Airway Heights — James Garrett, Wade Hampton and Matthew Platero. Cheney — Jerika Adams, Abdulrahman Al Musharraf, Mushari...

Eastern's board of trustees receives budget overview

During its May 12 meeting, the Eastern Washington University board of trustees went over the first readings of the university’s 2017-19 biennial operating budget. The budget revenue for the biennium is estimated at roughly $537.16 million....

CHS Students of the Month April

Cheney High School announced the students for the month of April. Back row from left to right: Hannah Helsing, Kristie McGourin, Willem Adams, Abby Fillmore, Rachel Suominen, Ian Hill and Brandon...

Lucky send off

Cheney soccer player Gabe Hemenway (front) and Blackhawks head coach Morgan Hartanov (behind) lead the rest of the team through a corridor of students wishing them well as they headed to Renton...

Royal treatment

Windsor Elementary School literally rolled out the red carpet for Cheney School District employees honored at the May 10 "Employee Recognition Night." See ...

Francis wins annual MLMS chess tournament

There is a new Medical Lake Middle School chess champion and his name is Tristan Francis. Francis won the school's annual chess tournament after he defeated Jeffrey Bailey in the championship match....

Hallett April PACE winners

Hallett Elementary School announced its Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award winners for April. PACE-Trustworthiness — Jayden Silva Calder Diluciano, Braylen Wattam, Briar Hull, Emily Bowser, Maureena Werre, Haedyn Deardorff, Ellie...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago May 17, 2007 The city of Cheney was proceeding with a civil suit against Myers Mobile Home Park owner Thomas E. Myers, alleging he had failed to comply with an order to install three...

Seven Scouts receive Eagle badge at Cheney Court of Honor

A special Boy Scouts of America Court of Honor was held on Friday April 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cheney to award seven young men their rank of Eagle Scout. The event ...

What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney • May 19, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+),... Full story

Eastern BFA senior art exhibition

Eastern Washington University's annual BFA senior exhibition features the work of graduating seniors enrolled in EWU's bachelor of fine arts program from May 26 – June 8. The exhibition includes...

Rehearsal at Reese Court

Cheney choir, band and strings students, fifth- through 12th-grade from all district schools, performed a rehearsal at Eastern Washington University's Reese Court on May 10 in...

West Plains Briefs

Feed Cheney meal early due to Memorial Day Feed Cheney is a week early this month so as not to conflict with Memorial Day. Come enjoy a free hot dinner at 5:30 p.m. on May 22 and take home a generous supply of groceries to stretch the food budget....

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Cheney Congregational Church took its new name at the end of April and we welcome everyone to come and worship with us every Sunday.  There will be a short special meeting of the Congregation following worship this...

Cheney Mayfest 2017

Cheney celebrated its fifth annual Mayfest, May 12 and 13. The event had a plethora of activities for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy including a Cornhole... Full story

Warren Thomas "Tom" Myers

Warren Thomas "Tom" Myers passed away in Spokane, Wash. on May 5, 2017 of natural causes after some years of failing health. Born in St. Paul, Minn., Tom spent his youth throughout the Midwest and... Full story

Judith Ann "Judy" Koskinen

Judith Ann "Judy" Koskinen, 76, assed away May 12, 2017 in Spokane, Wash. Judy was the first child born to Jack and Ann Ray in Denver, Colo. on July 1, 1940. Judy lived in Medical Lake for many years ... Full story

Irma Katherine Ebbert

Irma, 94, passed peacefully away early Mother's Day morning, May 14, 2017 at the Cheney Care Center.  She was born on April 25, 1923 to Johann (John) Diedrich Schmidt and Else Catharina Gülck in... Full story

Delores Irene Gaines Clawson

Delores Irene Gaines Clawson, 85, of Cheney, entered into heaven on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Proceeded in death by her two sisters, two of her sons (Robert and John) and two grandchildren, she is... Full story

PHOTO GALLERIES

Cheney Mayfest 2017

Cheney celebrated its fifth annual Mayfest, May 12 and 13. The event had a plethora of activities for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy including a Cornhole tournament, Artist Alley and a...

EDUCATION

Cheney School staff honored at annual recognition night

Cheney Public Schools held its annual "Employee Recognition Night" at Windsor Elementary School on May 10, recognizing the effort and service of its current and retiring employees. Teachers and...

NEIGHBORHOOD

Eastern BFA senior art exhibition

Eastern Washington University's annual BFA senior exhibition features the work of graduating seniors enrolled in EWU's bachelor of fine arts program from May 26 – June 8. The exhibition includes...

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